Best Bet: ARRAIGN (9); Best Value: HAMMERIN AAMER (6)
FIRST: Utiki gets favorable cutback in distance after displaying improved speed in last. Power Gal compiled tight work tab for first start since April; dangerous. Cambier Parc debuts for Chad Brown; obviously could be the goods.
SECOND: Brimstone is fleet-footed and projects as the main speed in field that's light on front-runners. Richard the Great is rested, drops and owns fast back figures; short price is the problem. Fleet Irish regressed in last after series of fast-figured efforts; rebound threat.
THIRD: Follow the Signs is quick from the gate and is training with a purpose for first start since August; rates close call. Durango Dan makes peak start of form cycle and should offer generous ticket; very interesting. Japonski sprinted last time and will benefit from Saturday's added ground; worth long look.
FOURTH: Beyond Discreet ships in from Finger Lakes and owns a win on Big A loam. My Roxy Girl is a three-time winner at Aqueduct but has a bad habit of landing in the runner-up slot; you've been warned. Thirsty Gal is riding a two-race winning streak; right in the thick of this.
FIFTH: Bobby Man has trained consistently since late-running fourth in debut; improvement predicted. Lost in Manhattan was speed sharpened in last and should pack enhanced kick with cutback to 6 furlongs. Qian B C will be aided by return to grass; don't ignore. Early Retirement owns fast turf numbers on best effort; must be factored into the mix.
SIXTH: Hammerin Aamer fired eye-catching 5-furlong bullet work since last start and logged career-best number at Aqueduct last fall; call based on price in great betting race. Sir Ballantine owns field's fastest late-pace figures and is 2-for-3 at the Big A; very playable. J S Bach, another that is fond of Big A footing, owns swift numbers and hails from Jason Servis stable; big-time player.
SEVENTH: U R Not So Bad took backward step in last after fast-figured third in debut; rebounds. Bernin' Thru Gold is training swiftly for first start since June; very dangerous. Rags for Britches, one of seven first timers in the field, notched a bullet-riddled work slate; stay tuned to the tote.
EIGHTH: Neoclassic was victimized by soft flow and wide trip in most recent outing; generous price in wide-open turf route. Sycamore Lane owns a win and a second in two starts on Big A sod; dangerous. Wake Forest drops and has the benefit of the rail on tight-turned course.
NINTH: Arraign notched rapid final fraction when a determined winner at Delaware last out; three sharp works in the interim seals the deal. Divine Miss Grey has speed, fast figures and owns three wins and two seconds from five starts at Aqueduct; logical, short-priced contender. Holy Helena is working sharply for return to dirt; don't ignore.
TENTH: Retro Street tallied fast late-pace figure when an ultra-sharp second in last; gets call if able to escape AE list. Laska arrives from Maryland after logging rapid final fraction when third in debut at Laurel; very playable. She's a Black Belt returns to grass after displaying improved speed in last; must consider. On The Town bested a next-out winner when second in debut; right in the thick of this. Red Robe debuts for Chad Brown; you know the routine.